- Associated Press - Saturday, November 17, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The head of New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services says the agency will continue to work with hospitals to provide timely hearings for psychiatric patients being involuntarily held in hospital emergency rooms.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state this week alleging that mental health patients routinely wait in emergency departments for weeks even though state law requires probable cause hearings within three days of admission.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers says the state developed a plan to provide video conference hearings for such individuals and will work with hospitals on implementation.

Meyers said he will seek more money for mental health treatment, but thanks to current spending, the number of adults waiting for a bed at New Hampshire Hospital has leveled off.

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